Prime video The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power He was accused of buying praise from Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings YouTubers and influencers after the show received positive reviews from critics despite massive negative comments from viewers.
Not only did the show see massive negative comments from viewers, but Amazon announced a change to their review system that was confirmed by a Prime Video representative for Variety who reported that Prime Video “quietly introduced a 72-hour delay to all user comments posted on Prime Video.”
Reviews are also “evaluated to determine if they are genuine or forged by a bot, elf, or other breed of digital elf.”
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Now, George The Giant Slayer on YouTube assumes Prime Video was buying praise from Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings YouTubers.
He first points to the various influencers who used Prime Video in an attempt to create hype on the show when they took them to a castle in Mallorca for the show’s first official trailer for the series. Next, George The Giant Slayer points to several influencers who are repeating the same talking points after meeting show director Patrick McKay and JD Payne at an event in London.
The most damning evidence, however, comes from YouTuber Hello Future Me, who polled his subscribers in August asking whether he should have received Amazon sponsorship for a video of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power when it premiered.
A YouTuber asked, “How do you feel about me getting an Amazon sponsorship of my video on LOTR: Rings of Power when it premieres — if they had no say in what I’m saying? I’m conflicted. It’s free $$$ for a video I was I’ll do it anyway, but I really don’t want to be an Amazon Shell at all.”
He followed up on that post by sharing an email he sent to Amazon indicating if he was actually doing the video “Amazon doesn’t have a veto over what I say regarding the comment. This will actually make the video more realistic, and increase the likelihood that my audience will trust my ideas in the show. “.
Hello Future Me notes that after sending this email, Prime Video shadows, “Lol Amazon ghosted me as soon as I said they couldn’t pay me to control what I say about Rings of Power. Not a good look. I’m really excited about House of the Dragon, though.”
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George The Giant Slayer commented on the revelation, “Trust is hard earned, but once you lose it, it almost never comes back. This is not a good look at Amazon Prime. rings of strength But it is expected that they know exactly what they have.”
He continued, “And that’s why over the past few weeks I’ve had this complete breakdown, this disaster of articles being published and attacking not only The Fellowship, not just all the fans, but the Professor. They’re calling him a racist.”
Then he closed his video saying, “They’re bleeding from the inside. They’re losing because if they’re really winning, you don’t care what anyone says. You’re like, ‘You don’t like it, cool.'” You think it’s butchering, cool. When you win, you know that and you don’t need confirmation from anyone else.”
“So when you see if a company or individual wants to pay you to sing their praises for their show or product like ice cream or sex, you know it’s a disaster,” he asserts.
Then he concludes, “And if rings of strength It was a car, it would be a lemon and we would all by state law be able to return it to the manufacturer for a full refund.”
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George the Giant Slayer’s accusations were also supported by Report from Business Insider Claiming that “Amazon will find a way, regardless of actual viewership, to sound the trumpets of victory.”
The article cites an anonymous former Amazon Studios CEO, “The reason it works is because Amazon executives need it to succeed. If you don’t succeed, there will be a big question of who [Amazon’s Chief Executive Officer] Andy Gacy and Council. “
This so-called executive added, “If we can’t take this IP part and make it work, why is Amazon Studios even here? It has to work. There is no choice.”
Furthermore, SyFy Wire’s Danny Roth admitted in 2019 that access media create fake positives in order to maintain their access. He explained, “This is the actual reality. This is where we really are in the industry if you want to talk about the media of access to prices. Everyone wants to get to things early, wants to get to things so that traffic is drawn to their site sometimes.” Everyone on this podcast, everyone in our industry sometimes has to play softball, and sometimes they have to look the other way a little bit. Everyone has to do that.”
“In the sense that I hated a movie, but I wouldn’t say I hated a movie. Or that an actor acted somehow, and you don’t want to explain what happened.” Horn knocks, “Well, because you might not get the next review.” Roth continues, “To some extent, everyone in our industry who is a part of that quote on quote access media has to decide which battles they want to pick. Which of those should my voice be said.”
Rotten Tomatoes critic admits they give false positive reviews to maintain their reach. pic.twitter.com/A7w2qwPOom
– Dataracer (@Dataracer117) March 7, 2019
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